The fat man utters some more words. The men who are still alive seem to sucome from the sickness, and then all the dead begin to rise again, shedding their flesh to become skeletons. The group manage to take out both them, and the fat man. With him down, Alph runs to get men to form a cordon around the yick, and obtain torches, and drakewing goes to the garden of galana to asks the druids for their help in purifying the area. On his way through, he mentions the mess to the guards on duty and they send a runner to the army. While they are gone Daraja opens one of the crates to have a look, and in one sees a load of empty glass flasks and vials. Elo opens another and sees this one had glass flasks filled with slimy goop, much like what was produced when the men died. They both take a few of the glass vials for various reasons, just as Alph comes back with Watchmen.
While Drakewing is at the garden of Galana the druids mention they seem to be having trouble contacting their goddess, and they feel something is moving beneath the city, but when he mentions the mess, they hurry right over.
The watchmen form a perimeter around the area, and begin to hurl torches onto the mess, but all that seems to do is make the yick bubble and spit. Alph orders them to move back out of it’s reach, but Elo sees some of her men succum to the illness, so she shoots them with mercy.
When the Galana Druids arrive they cover over the yick with a thorn bush, but seem really drained after doing it. They walk back with Daraja as escort, and as they get to the garden and find that the whole place seems dead. They go to the scrying pool at the back to find it drained, and the Druids’ staffs begin to shatter into dust and blood seeps from their eyes. They tell Daraja to run, so he does, and goes to Obedhime. Their garden, while not exactly affected, does come across as darker and more foreboding than usual. Daraja asks a tree what’s going on, and it shows him a face that says they have felt the same peculiar blanketing with access to their god. It entreats him to go to a unaffected church for assistance, so he hurries to the church of Pelor.
Meanwhile, Drakewing tells the others what the Galana druids said about restricted access to their god. Elo asks if Merry is okay, and she says she is. With the pool of mank covered over, they leave a token set of watchmen to keep the perimeter, and lead those that may have caught the plague to the temple of Moradin for purification and healing.
At the temple of Pelor, Daraja meets a man, Corven Hobbs, who says he’s an archeologist. Even though the man is a bit peculiar, Daraja tells him about the plague, and that he’s looking for a priest, but the man says he ‘s been studying a Death Priest artifact that might be behind the problem, and offers to lead him to a place outside the city where it lies. Daraja agrees to the plan, and says the group will meet him at the North gate in order to investigate this. While the man goes back to collect his scrolls, Daraja then goes to find the high Priest. The Priest vouches for Hobbes, and when Daraja tells him about the blight on Glana and Obedhim, and the plague, the Priest offers to send clerics to the site and fix things. Daraja says it seems targeted and the Priest agrees that maybe the Order of Nerull that has it out for him. With a final pledge of assistance from Pelor, Daraja leaves and goes to find the others, telling them about Hobbes and the artifact. They agree this sounds like a plan, and after meeting Hobbes at the gate, they travel out to find an ancient barrow.
They enter the barrow, and Elo asks Merry to check the stone for stability. She says some of the ‘stone’ looks like glamoured plaster, and goes to look at it, when Elo notices a trap. Unfortunately Merry activates it and a bunch of skeletons come through the plaster-work and attack them. The group do away with them easily enough but are more cautious going forward. They follow the barrows twists and turns, finding – but not activating – a few more traps, of the same style.
Eventually they come to a large room, at the end of which is a raised dais with a sarcophagus on it. Carefully elo checks it out, with guidance from Hobbs. they release the lid, and Alph swings it open. Inside lies a mummified figure with an iron crown. Hobbs reaches for the crown and holds it in his hands, before Elowen can check for traps. As he does so, he starts to grow feathers, and change into a half-raven form, and also starts cackling about how the prophet of Vecnar will reward him, and such things. Elo starts ordering him to put it down, and for a moment everyone is shouting at once, then suddenly Daraja leaps up and snaches the crown out of Hobbs hands. Elo shoots at Hobbs, injuring him in the side, and Alph turns and drives his axe into Daraja’s side, releasing a bolt of lighting from it. Daraja takes the crown and runs away, but Elo calls for him to stop. Daraja says clearly Alphonse has been possessed or something, but he is not hanging around with the evil crown to find out, and he’s going to take it to the wizards to destroy. Elo sends Stringwhiskers to keep and eye on him, but the rat refuses, preferring to stay with her, so Drakewing goes instead.
Daraja and Drakewing hurry back to the city, and head straight for the wizards’ tower, where once Daraja has explained the situation, the wizards destroy the crown. With that, Daraja heads off to the city watchhouse, to make a formal complain about Alphonse.
Back in the barrow, Alphonse seems like he intends to go after Daraja, but Elo says she needs his help with Hobbs, but Alph seems away with the pixies. She tries to place the birdman under arrest, and demands he explain himself, but he resists. Between the three of them, they knock Hobbes out, truss him up, and while Stringwhiskers guards him, Merry and Elo try to get Alph to focus on the present, and carrying Hobbes back to the city. He gibbers and mutters and it’s pretty clear he’s gone coo-coo for kaka-puffs, but they do manage to get him to take an arm. With Merry on the other side and Stringwhiskers and Elo on the feet, between them they manage to carry Hobbes out of the barrow and back to the city.
As the crown is destroyed, everyone within a several mile-radius feels a kind of shiver.